The  Arrow Factory

 (How they're made)

Here are some of the arrows I make, including some of the tools I use. Shafts can be cedar, oak or hickory.  After finding a suitable shaft, it is nocked at both ends and prepared for fletching and point mounting.  Flights (feathers) are cut and sized in preperation for 'fletching'.  Mostly I use turkey or duck feathers for this but I'm always on the lookout for 'road kill' as a source for feathers!!  I do this the easy way, using a 'fletching jig' which maintains the proper placement and twist of the flights onto  the shaft.  After spot-gluing, the feathers are permanently attached by wrapping each end to the shaft with sinew.  While most of the arrows I make are of the 'Wall Hanger' variety, I DO make fully functional and legal hunting arrows.  Contact me if you're interested in legal hunting arrows.  I can make them to your specifications and markings.

  

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Fletching Jig
Fletching Jig

This is a 6 arrow fletching jig. Can do one feather on each of six shafts at once.

Fletched shaft
Fletched shaft

Traditional fletching with pheasant feathers

Fletched shaft
Fletched shaft

Traditional fletching with nock detail

Fletched shaft
Fletched shaft

Traditional fletching with fancy pin feathers

Continous wrapping of feathers
Continous wrapping of feathers

This is a style used by many tribes to insure fletching stayed on the shaft. Also used when glue was not used to attach feathers. Feathers shown are Teal duck.

Modern Fletching
Modern Fletching

One of my hunting arrows with cedar shaft and plastic nock.

Nocked shaft
Nocked shaft

After fletching, slots are cut in shafts in preparation for attachment of points.

Shafts with points
Shafts with points

Points are attached to shafts with glue or pitch and secured with sinew

Point mounted to shaft
Point mounted to shaft

Point is finally mounted, glued and wrapped to shaft with sinew.

Hunting Arrows
Hunting Arrows

These arrows are legal in Oklahoma for big game hunting

Wall Hanger Arrows
Wall Hanger Arrows

These arrows are more decorative and suitable for decorations.

Cane Arrows
Cane Arrows

These arrows are typical of those used by plains and southern tribes. Shafts are made from river cane with hardwood foreshafts. Typically fletched with turkey feathers. Points varied from stone to bone, horn, antler and metal.

Cane Arrow
Cane Arrow

Close up view of obsidian point attachéd to oak foreshaft of cane arrow.

Cane Arrow
Cane Arrow

Turkey feather fletching attached with continuous wrapping of sinew.

Cane Arrows
Cane Arrows

These are cane shaft arrows, about 30" long. Length includes 5" hardwood foreshaft and hardwood nock. Arrows are fletched with 5" turkey feathers. Points are obsidian, buffalo horn, bone or antler tip.

Cow bone point
Cow bone point

This 2" point is made from cow bone and is usually mounted to a cane shaft.

Arrow striping fixture
Arrow striping fixture

This tool is used to paint ID stripes on arrow shafts. I used a motor from a hand-held mixer and a speed controller from an old hand drill!

Arrow striping fixture
Arrow striping fixture

Each Indian used a unique pattern to identify their arrows. The red and black is common with the Choctaw.

Arrow striping fixture
Arrow striping fixture

Close up of striping on a cane arrow.

Arrow striping fixture
Arrow striping fixture

Striping can be done on a blank shaft or a finished arrow.